The Rowell-Sirois Commission and the Remaking of Canadian Federalism
Published by: UBC Press
Imprint: UBC Press
Published: July 2021
Imprint: UBC Press
Page Count: 350 Pages
Illustrations: 4 b&w photos, 3 b&w illus.
Dimensions: 6.47 x 9.25
350 Pages, 6.47 x 9.25 x 1.25 in, 4 b&w photos, 3 b&w illus.
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The Rowell-Sirois Commission and the Remaking of Canadian Federalism reveals the commission’s impact on the high politics of federal-provincial relations and its legacy for Canadian federalism today.
The Rowell-Sirois Commission and the Remaking of Canadian Federalism investigates the groundbreaking inquiry launched to reconstruct the federal system and reveals its legacy for Canadian federalism today.
In 1937, the Canadian confederation was broken. As the Depression ground on, the provinces faced increasing obligations but limited funds, while the dominion had fewer responsibilities but lucrative revenue sources. The commission was struck to review the system. Overcoming a process beset by conflicts, the report proposed a bold new form of federalism based on the national collection of major tax revenues and unconditional transfers of these revenues to provinces based on fiscal need.
Robert Wardhaugh and Barry Ferguson dig through the evidence and counter misconceptions to demonstrate that even though the report was at first rejected, it provided a storehouse of innovative ideas that redefined the nature of federal government and shaped policy – and thinking – about federalism for decades.
Foreword / Robert Bothwell and John English
1 A Federation Turned Upside Down
2 Towards a Royal Commission
3 Organizing a Commission: Summer 1937
4 Setbacks and Recovery: Autumn 1937
5 Winter of Discontent: January–March 1938
6 Stormy Spring: April–June 1938
7 Hard Seasons: Summer and Fall 1938
8 Toil and Trouble: 1939 and 1940
9 Reinterpreting Canadian Federalism: May 1940
10 Dark Days: 1940–41
11 The Aftermath: 1941–46